The Irishman boasts a proud record of never pulling out of a tournament through injury, and he is determined to keep that streak alive despite withdrawing from Wednesday’s Pro-Am event at Wentworth.
Harrington ended a seven year wait for a tournament victory at the Honda Open in March and he hopes 24 hours of treatment will enable him to tee-off on Thursday – he is scheduled to partner Shane Lowry and Branden Grace in the 12:40 three-ball.
“Working on the principle I’ve never pulled out of an event injured, I believe I’ll make it tomorrow. I’m an optimist. I’ve never pulled out before, and I’ve had some pretty bad injuries at times. If there’s a physical way of me teeing up tomorrow, I will tee it up,” Harrington said.
“The chances of me being 100 per cent tomorrow, very slim. The chances of me??playing, very high. That would be the way I would look at it.
“I was doing a gym exercise and it was a little bit unstable, there was a??little bit of a niggle but I kept on doing it. I hit shots after the gym??yesterday, and after I went to bed last night it stiffened during the night and??I struggled to sleep with it.
“I got up this morning and it’s what most people would call like a frozen??shoulder. There’s a weakness in it and a pain when I go to lift my arm.
“Thankfully I have a late tee time tomorrow, so it will be an extra five hours??of movement in the morning and a bit of blood flow into it, and hopefully it??will be okay by tomorrow. And beware of the injured golfer.”